Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Indonesia convicts sang "Amazing Grace" and other praise songs to God before execution.

As they walked to face the firing squad on an Indonesian prison island, eight condemned drug traffickers defiantly sang praise to God, witnesses said, while in a town across the water a group of tearful supporters was also uniting in song.

The convicts -- two from Australia, one from Brazil, four from Africa and one Indonesian -- made the long journey from their cells to clearings on a prison island to meet their fate early Wednesday. But rather than bow their heads in defeat and resignation, the convicts all reportedly refused blindfolds and raised their voices in song, including "Amazing Grace", until the gunfire from the firing squads rang out. Continue.......

Religious counsellors, who were allowed to spend some time with the prisoners just before the executions, sang in unison with the convicts, continuing even after the men had been strapped to posts around four metres (13 feet apart) to be put to death, a priest said.

"When they were being put on the cross for execution they were singing on the crosses and we were in a tent not too far away from the execution place trying to support them," Father Charlie Burrows told News Corp Australia.

He said that the Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, seemed to have the loudest voices.

May their soul rest in perfect peace.
Indonesian activists shout slogans during a demonstration to demand the government to stop the execution of nine inmates, all convicted on drug charges, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

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